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El Centro

$$ - $$$Mexican, Latin,
824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5554
+1 646-763-6585
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chilaquiles” (38 reviews)
“fajitas” (36 reviews)
“guacamole” (33 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5554
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1 - 10 of 459 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

3rd time visiting New York and there's always so much to see and do. Went to this Mexican restaurant as I saw it rated well on trip advisor and I'm so glad I did. We ordered chicken empanadas (so good!), shrimp fajitas (extra shells) and...More

Thank Yoko E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely reasonable place to dine and not take a large hit in the pocket. Relaxed casual atmosphere with good food and service. Shrimp dishes are fine as is their guacamole.

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chose to eat here on the basis of other reviews and staying locally. Plenty of choices on the menu and good selection of mexican beers. Food was enjoyed by all - extremely tasty and authentic. Would certainly return and recommend.

Thank Tallyho15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went there with two friends, we had fajitas and margaritas. We enjoyed all of it and the atmosphere.

Thank Lu_pl87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Generous portions of hot, fresh, well-seasoned Mexican fare. We went during the week for lunch, so no waiting, crowds, or loud patrons. Enjoyed the non-pretentious, practical feel of the place--just good food and pleasant, efficient service.

Thank M B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my nephew's favorite retails to in New York. I thought it was loud and you needed to shout. Small tables typical of NY. The food was fine. I enjoyed my steak fajitas. They were tasty. I have had better though. Their...More

Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Stopped by with family and was able to get a table fairly quickly even with a crowd waiting. The food was very authentic for someone that lived in Texas for a while. Our server was awesome and helped guide us to the best dinner we...More

Thank Cunha53
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The food was great and the drinks were delish. The service was really good and they did their best to accommodate our group (8) with no complaints. The atmosphere is cool and the prices are more than reasonable. I love Mexican food so it is...More

Thank cdkeats
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I came here for dinner, and sat outside on the patio. Service was very friendly, and we had no issue getting a table right away. What I enjoyed was that it felt like a true Mexican restaurant, we got chips and salsa free of charge,...More

Thank Janice H
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to check out El Centro based on the reviews and weren't disappointed. The food is reasonably priced, which is a rare find in the City. We loved the margs, which were strong and generous. For dinner, we ordered the chilaquiles and a tamale....More

Thank Reece L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 824 9th Ave, 54th & 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5554
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 646-763-6585
  • E-mail
El Centro truly lives up to its name as the center of Hell's Kitchen's colorful community, where local talent, and theatre and film celebrities meet regularly to unwind and enjoy authentic Mexican fare in a relaxed and festive environment. Having opened in May of 2006, El Centro recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary - and the family at El Centro continues to strive to please our diverse and loyal patrons by serving delicious and affordable high-quality food & beverages that receive the highest ratings and recommendations. Come and make yourself at home in our warm and welcoming environment of festive Milagros (miracles), Corona-bottle chandeliers and bottle-top tables. And enjoy our acclaimed chilaquiles, sizzling fajitas, and imaginative trio of tacos, while you sip on fresh fruit sangria or mouth-watering margaritas or mojitos, frozen or on the rocks, crafted with the fresh squeezed limes and quality tequila!
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